Tuesday, February 28, 2012

February Foodie Penpals

January's Foodie Penpals was so much fun I had to opt in for February

The basics- 100+ blog readers and writers get together and are matched to send each other packages. The spending limit is $15, which won't break the bank-and remember you get a hand-picked package too. Beyond worth it.

Talia of Bite Sized Wellness sent me a fabulous package as a belated VDay present

First was some of the best kale chips I've ever had. I make mine at home with a little hot seseme oil, and nutritional yeast. But these were "cheesy" thanks to cashew cheese. yum!
Then I tried Danielle's Pumpkin Chips. "Chips" made just from dehydrated pumpkin were surprisingly delicious. Salty and sweet-but not too sweet
I just ate them plain. no dips required
Harlow's Kettlecorn was an obvious love. (Whoever first came up with Kettlecorn is my hero)
Last, but certainly not least was Bob's Red Mill Rolled Oats
I wanted to do something better than just make oatmeal with these guys, so i tried my hand at granola. And i'm converted. No more store-bought granola for me. I'll make granola weekly if I have to! Here was my first attempt, and I'm sure there will be many variations to come!
Cranberry Almond Olive Oil Granola
  • 4 cups rolled oats (old fashioned)
  • 1 cup sliced almonds (roasted)
  • 1 cup dried cranberries
  • 3/4 cup maple syrup (or honey or agave)
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 1 t sea salt
  • 1 t cinnamon
  1. Mix all the ingredients together in a big bowl. I like to use my hands.
2. Spread onto a large baking sheet
3. Cook at 350 degrees for 45 minutes. Stirring every 15 minutes.
4. Eat with some type of milk, over yogurt or ice cream. or out of the container.
Enjoy! I'm obsessed.

I know you want in on the foodie fun too. Email Lindsey (theleangreenbean@gmail.com) and join the party in March!


Lindsay @ The Lean Green Bean said...

oooh those pumpkin chips sound right up my alley

Talia @Bite Size Wellness said...

I am so glad you loved your foodie box! And, glad the kale chips were a hit. I should have snagged a box for myself too! Glad that we were paired up my dear!

Jennifer @ Peanut Butter and Peppers said...

You got great goodies and I LOVE all mine! Thank you!!!

Frieda said...

Those kale chips look delish!

Carrie FamilyFitnessFood said...

I was inspired to make my own granola after receiving my Pen Pal box, too. It was easy and yummy.